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How to Choose Your Perfect Mattress

How to Choose Your Perfect Mattress

There are three common types of mattresses: innerspring, foam, and adjustable. There’s no one “right” material to choose, but in general, side sleepers need a softer mattress, stomach sleepers need a firm one, and back sleepers fall somewhere in between.

Beyond the types of mattresses and firmness, you’ll need to think about a few other factors. From sleep style to negotiating with a bedfellow, here’s what to look for based on your needs:

If you like a bed with bounce

Traditional innerspring styles have that familiar bouncy feel and may be firmer. Interconnected coils are extra-durable, but individual “pocketed” coils, each covered with fabric, reduce the ripple effect that happens when someone on one side of the bed moves.

If you prefer a firmer base

Memory foam options have less spring and offer more pressure relief. To determine quality, look at the density and thickness of the foam, which will determine how deep you’ll sink. The newer, online mattresses generally use several different layers of foam, with heavier ones on the bottom for support and lighter, cooler kinds on the top for comfort.

If you want a plush top

Innerspring mattresses typically have either a fiberfill or foam outer layer, covered in quilted ticking. But even if you want an uber-plush feel, don’t be swayed by a thick-looking pillowtop as it can compress over time. It’s often best to choose a firmer, well-quilted mattress, and then cover it with a replaceable mattress topper.

If you like to change it up

Consider an air-filled mattress. Two side-by-side chambers allow you and your partner to customise the mattress firmness separately. There are also foam mattresses with soft and firm sides, so you can just flip it over as needed, and modular designs that let you move around the springs on the inside.

If you sleep on your side

You’ll want a surface that will support your body weight, and conform to your shape. Innersprings may have more pressure relief than some foam or latex mattresses, but a soft foam mattress or one with built-in pressure relief points around the shoulders and hips can work for side sleepers, too

If you sleep on your stomach

The last thing a stomach-sleeper probably wants is an enveloping memory foam — it would feel smothering! Instead, a firmer bed will provide the best support. Consider a firm foam, dense innerspring, or air-filled mattress.

If you sleep on your back

You’ll want something in the middle — a surface that supports, but has some give so your spine is kept in a healthy alignment. You’ll find happiness with any of the mattress types, but you should do your best princess-and-the-pea impression to see what feels best to you.

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How to Sleep Better

How to Sleep Better

M6 Beds top tips on how to get a better nights sleep.

Unhealthy daytime habits and lifestyle choices can leave you tossing and turning at night and adversely affect your mood, brain and heart health, immune system, creativity, vitality, and weight. But by experimenting with the following tips, you can enjoy better sleep at night, boost your health, and improve how you think and feel during the day.

Tip 1: Keep in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle

Getting in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, or circadian rhythm, is one of the most important strategies for sleeping better. If you keep a regular sleep-wake schedule, you’ll feel much more refreshed and energized than if you sleep the same number of hours at different times, even if you only alter your sleep schedule by an hour or two.

Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day. This helps set your body’s internal clock and optimise the quality of your sleep. Choose a bed time when you normally feel tired, so that you don’t toss and turn. If you’re getting enough sleep, you should wake up naturally without an alarm. If you need an alarm clock, you may need an earlier bedtime.

Avoid sleeping in—even on weekends. The more your weekend/weekday sleep schedules differ, the worse the jetlag-like symptoms you’ll experience. If you need to make up for a late night, opt for a daytime nap rather than sleeping in. This allows you to pay off your sleep debt without disturbing your natural sleep-wake rhythm.

Fight after-dinner drowsiness. If you get sleepy way before your bedtime, get off the couch and do something mildly stimulating, such as washing the dishes, calling a friend, or getting clothes ready for the next day. If you give in to the drowsiness, you may wake up later in the night and have trouble getting back to sleep.

Tip 2: Control your exposure to light

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone controlled by light exposure that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Your brain secretes more melatonin when it’s dark—making you sleepy—and less when it’s light—making you more alert. However, many aspects of modern life can alter your body’s production of melatonin and shift your circadian rhythm.

Tip 3: Exercise during the day

People who exercise regularly sleep better at night and feel less sleepy during the day. Regular exercise also improves the symptoms of insomnia and sleep apnea and increases the amount of time you spend in the deep, restorative stages of sleep.

  • The more vigorously you exercise, the more powerful the sleep benefits. But even light exercise—such as walking for just 10 minutes a day—improves sleep quality.
  • It can take several months of regular activity before you experience the full sleep-promoting effects. So be patient and focus on building an exercise habit that sticks.
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Is too much sleep bad for you?

Is too much sleep bad for you?

Getting enough sleep helps to look after our physical and mental wellbeing, but is it possible to get too much sleep?

When it comes to sleep, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

Getting enough sleep is very important as it helps our bodies to rest and regenerate, ready for the next day. But there’s a fine line between getting your beauty sleep and oversleeping.

The amount of sleep needed each night differs from one person to the next and changes over the course of a person’s lifetime. However, as a rough guide, experts usually recommend that adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night.

If you find that you’re sleeping significantly more than this, then you may be suffering from a sleep disorder or medical problem.

Research has found that people who regularly oversleep are more at risk of developing several serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression.

Oversleeping is also a common symptom of several sleep disorders, including:

  • Idiopathic hypersomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

Hypersomnia

People who sleep for more than 10-12 hours a day may be suffering from a sleep disorder called Hypersomnia.

Symptoms of hypersomnia include sleeping excessively, including during the day, difficulty waking from sleep, sleep inertia and cognitive impairment.

What to do if you’re oversleeping

If you find yourself regularly oversleeping or feeling excessively tired, it’s important to speak to your doctor so that they can check that the problem is not a symptom of a more serious health condition.

If, after being examined by a doctor they find no cause for concern, the following tips may help you to deal with oversleeping.

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Go to bed at the same time each night.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Avoid medications that cause drowsiness where possible.
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Tips for getting some sleep if your partner snores

Sleeping in the same bed as someone who snores can cause significant sleep disruption and annoyance.

Getting into bed with a loved one and cosying up under the covers for a good night’s sleep should be relaxing and comforting, unless of course your significant other is a snorer.

Whilst most people can still function ok after one or two nights of disrupted sleep, if constant thunderous snoring is keeping you awake night after night it will begin to drive you to despair.

Whilst disrupted sleep is very irritating, it can also have more serious effects on your health and wellbeing, so it’s very important to find a solution that helps you to get more sleep if your partner snores.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Ear plugs– Soft foam ear plugs may be your first port of call. You can purchase cheap sleep-specific ear plugs that are soft and comfortable when you lie against them, you’ll hardly feel that they’re there and they should dim the racket to a more bearable level.

Background noise– Some people swear by white noise machines and other background noises to help them to get to sleep. Whilst adding more noise into the mix may seem counterintuitive, background noises like white noise play at a soothing, consistent frequency that can help mask the sound of snoring and give you an alternative noise to focus on.

Go to bed earlier– If you struggle to get to sleep because of your partner’s snoring it may help to go to bed earlier than them. With a head start, you can get to sleep before the noise begins.

Help them try to stop snoring– Often, there is a reason why someone snores. Work with your partner to experiment with different lifestyle changes to see if their snoring can be cured or reduced.

Sleep separately– If all else fails then it’s not worth damaging your health and wellbeing over sleeping in the same bed. Continue to work on finding the root cause of your partner’s snoring and sleep in separate beds in the meantime. Don’t forget to set aside alternative times in the day for spending much-needed quality time together.

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Why sleepless or disrupted nights are bad for your health

Why sleepless or disrupted nights are bad for your health

Not getting enough sleep can leave you feeling grumpy and irritable the next day, but did you know if can also be bad for your health?

Without sleep, we wouldn’t survive very long. Even after just one night of disrupted sleep many people will experience a negative impact on their mood and mental functioning. This is because our bodies use the time that we sleep to perform some very important jobs that are vital to our wellbeing.

Why is sleep so important?

Our brains use those valuable hours that we are asleep to process everything it has learnt during the day and for the body to restore and repair itself.

Just a few important processes that happen whilst we sleep include:

  • The stress hormone, cortisol, lowers.
  • Your brain creates long-term memories.
  • Hormones are released.
  • Cells in your body grow and repair.
  • Your immune system fights inflammation and infection.

What problems can sleep deprivation cause?

Prolonged periods of disrupted sleep or sleep deprivation will not only cause extreme fatigue but can also be a real danger to our health and wellbeing.

Just a few of the health problems that can be caused by sleep deprivation include:

  • Impaired memory
  • Weakened immunity
  • Mood swings
  • Mental health problems like anxiety and depression
  • Drowsiness
  • Weight gain
  • High blood pressure resulting in a risk of heart disease
  • Higher risk of diabetes

It is said that the optimal amount of sleep required by the average adult is somewhere between 6 and 8 hours a night. If you are regularly getting less sleep than this then you may find yourself yawning a lot and feeling very drowsy and irritable during the day, sure signs that you’re sleep deprived.

Getting enough sleep is vital to your health, and the average person will spend one third of their life in bed, so it’s worth investing in a bed, mattress, and bedding that are comfortable and inviting.

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The Benefits of a Weekend Lie In

The Benefits of a Weekend Lie In

Ah the weekend lie in. This can be nothing more than a dream for parents or those with work commitments but if you can get away with a lie in at the weekend can bring many benefits. So let’s look at some of the obvious and not so obvious benefits of a few extra hours spent under the duvet.

Recharging your batteries
The working week can be hectic. If you’re in University lectures and coursework can take a tool on our brains. So why not just grab some extra hours in bed where you don’t have to think about exams or missed deadlines.

Improve your energy levels
For some people Friday nights can be late nights leaving next to no energy for the following day. Having a lie in can restore those energy levels and help you stay out later on Saturday nights or have more energy for sporting activities.

Spending quality time with family
It’s nice when all the family can enjoy a lie in without the distractions of TVs and mobile phones and having to rush around and get ready for school.

A lie in wouldn’t be a proper lie in without a comfy bed, so why not check out our range of beds?

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The advantages and disadvantages of napping

The advantages and disadvantages of napping

Napping isn’t just for old people; young people can also enjoy the benefits as long as those naps are taken at the right time of day and not for too long.

Often naps are essential for us to recharge out batteries and increase alertness for the times when we need it such as when driving. Driving while sleepy is very dangerous when quick reaction times and awareness are essential.

Another benefit of napping can be felt in better performance at work if this has been affected by lack of sleep and tiredness. To get that quality nap time during the working day however can be difficult and sleep experts’ advice that naps should be taken no later than 2pm for day workers to avoid negative effects which bring us to some of the disadvantages.

Napping for longer than 10 minutes can increase the feeling of grogginess you get when your sleep is disturbed at night and this can end up having the opposite of the positive effects described earlier.

Sleeping too long in the day and too late in the afternoon can also have an impact on your sleep when it really counts at night.

So by all means don’t be afraid to indulge in a nap to catch up on some sleep and improve those energy levels but like everything else this should done in moderation.

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Why Snoozing Isn’t A Good Idea

Why Snoozing Isn’t A Good Idea

Getting back into the routine of work after a break can be difficult, particularly when we get used to having a lie in. To counter these effects, people often reach for the snooze button so they can try and recreate that feeling of not having to get up right away.

It could also be said that snoozing has never been so good with unlimited snooze times on phones and alarm clocks to help indulge the habit. Unfortunately, while snoozing might feel good, like any other pleasurable activity it has its drawbacks.

Scientists who have studied the effects of snoozing on our brains and bodies have found that it can hinder rather than help us tackle the day ahead once we have managed to make it out from under the covers.

This is because our sleeping patterns are much better when they are consistent. If you start to meddle with the normal sleep and wake times, this is where problems with sleep can begin.

When we sleep the body prepares itself by dropping the core temperature and other physiological changes that can be disrupted when we dip in and out of sleep while snoozing. This can make us even more groggy when we do eventually get up and mess with all sorts of things like our appetites and future wake up times.

Getting a good night’s sleep should help you avoid needing to reach for the snooze button so it is important to make sure everything is set up right to help you get your full 7 to eight hours including a good quality mattress.

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